A timeless play about a hypocrite and manipulator who under the pretext of striving for absolute purity of soul and character engages in scheming, violence and fraud. Tartuffe is a story about the sanctimonious hankering for power. The fate of the play, which despite its weightiness and depth of cognition is still after all a comedy, was complex and marked the rest of the author’s life. The Tartuffe theme is archetypal. The characters in this furious comedy, above all that of the titular hero himself, can be found in all centuries and all over the world. Molière’s poignant play has always met with a response and been able to intrigue and rouse the audience from lethargy. It will return to the Estates Theatre after many years and round off a cross-section of Molière’s drama. From Don Juan through Monsieur de Pourceaugnac to Tartuffe, the most buoyant and pungent comedy.
The production will be directed by Romanian stage director Gábor Tompa, whose work is familiar to the National Theatre of Prague audience since the recent performances of Ionecso’s Rhinoceros at the New Stage. He has created at least as many productions abroad as at home, with the highest number of those made in France. As a connoisseur of Francophone culture, Tompa is an ideal interpreter of Tartuffe. At the same time, he is connected to the Czech Republic thanks to a similar historical experience. Tompa’s take on Tartuffe will undoubtedly make for a remarkable production.
Translated by Vladimír Mikeš
Directed by Gábor Tompa
Sets and costumes Judit Dobre-Kóthay
Dramaturgy Martin Urban
With Karel Dobrý, David Prachař, Kateřina Winterová, Jaromíra Mílová, Jana Janěková ml, Filip Rajmont, Radúz Mácha, Petr Motloch, Lucie Žáčková, Václav Postránecký, Igor Orozovič, Filip Kaňkovský and Jan Bidlas
Premiere on the 27th February 2014
At the National Theatre of Prague, Czech Republic